GOODNESS: ON TRIAL

 
 

FEBRUARY 10, 2019

We all love to enjoy the goodness of life. But what others may call good and we don’t – we call its goodness into question. That is what often happens with God. While some say He is full of goodness, others would beg to differ. God’s reputation of goodness is on the line every time there is a natural or physical disaster, when evil strikes in the world, and during our own personal difficulties. 

But what does it matter anyway what we do or don’t call “good”? The point is not about preference, but about trust. What we believe, we put our trust in, and build our life upon. So, could believing in the goodness of God change the way you live your life?

Over the next few weeks, we’ll take a look at some evidence and listen to key witnesses that may cause you to consider or re-consider the goodness of God and potentially experience a different way of life.

What is “goodness” to you?

What about the “goodness” of God? 

Often times, the goodness of God is “put on trial” during times of:

  • Natural & Physical Disasters

  • Evil

  • Personal Troubles

And when this happens, We question God’s goodness.

But What does it matter? 

What we choose to believe, we put our trust in.

What we choose to trust in, we build our life upon.

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you. But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, ‘I believed in God, so I spoke.’ We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” – 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 NLT

I want you to believe in the goodness of God.

Because I want you to trust God.

Because I want you to follow and experience His way of life.

Find the goodness of God in your trials instead of putting God’s goodness on trial.

Yet I am confident I will see the Lord ’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord.

Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord . – Psalms 27:13-14 NLT

Wait.

Look.

What we choose to believe, we put our trust in.

What we choose to trust in, we build our life upon.,